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Judge Sets Date for Roger Stone’s Trial in the Mueller Case



Back in January, longtime Trump aide Roger Stone was arrested at his house in Florida and charged with seven criminal counts.  This included five counts of making false statements, one count of obstruction of an official proceeding, and one count of witness tampering.

WASHINGTON, DC – MARCH 14: Roger Stone, former adviser to U.S. President Donald Trump, departs the E. Barrett Prettyman United States Court House on March 14, 2019 in Washington, DC. Stone appeared before U.S. District Court Judge Amy Berman for a status conference in USA v. Stone.(Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)

Now, Judge Amy Berman Jackson, the judge who just sentenced Paul Manafort to an additional 43 months in prison earlier this week, has also set an official court date for Roger Stone, in Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s case.

During a court proceeding in Washington D.C. on Thursday, Judge Jackson set a date of November 5, 2019 for Stone’s trial.  She also said that the trial is expected to last two weeks.  This comes after Mueller’s team said they expect the trial to last 5-8 days.

Also during the proceeding, Jackson did not punish Stone further for violating his terms of a gag order that had restricted him from discussing any aspect of the Mueller probe.  This came after there was discussion over whether Stone had mislead the courts by releasing his book with an introduction that attacks the Mueller investigation.

Jackson seemed to be rather lenient with Stone on this issue, insisting that she doesn’t “intend to dwell” on a back and forth argument.

Additional upcoming dates in the Stone case will include April 30, for a status hearing and September 17 for a pretrial conference.